Show simple item record

Seeding Eastern Africa’s maize revolution in the post-structural adjustment era : a review and comparative analysis of the formal maize seed sector

Author: Erenstein, O.
Author: Kassie, G.
Year: 2018
Descriptors: Maize
Descriptors: Sowing
Descriptors: Crop improvement
Abstract: Improved maize seed is instrumental to deliver an Asian-style ‘green revolution’ for Africa. The paper reviews and makes a comparative analysis of the maize (corn) seed sector and its evolution in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia drawing from seed sector surveys and secondary data. Enhancing farmers’ access to and use of new maize varieties still presents a number of challenges in eastern Africa – not least due to a number of policy and institutional impediments to the development of the seed sector. The regional seed sectors also show some remarkable contrasts: they have evolved at different speeds and in different directions, driven by diverging agricultural growth opportunities and varying degrees of regulation, liberalization and restructuring. The paper reiterates calls for an enabling environment for private seed companies to evolve in order to serve the diverse farmer communities so that they benefit from existing and future improved maize seed opportunities.
Language: English
Publisher: Wageningen Academic Publishers
Copyright: CIMMYT manages Intellectual Assets as International Public Goods. The user is free to download, print, store and share this work. In case you want to translate or create any other derivative work and share or distribute such translation/derivative work, please contact indicating the work you want to use and the kind of use you intend; CIMMYT will contact you with the suitable license for that purpose.
Type: Article
Place: The Netherlands
Pages: 34-52
Journal issue: 1
Journal: International Food and Agribusiness Management Review
Journal volume: 21
DOI: 10.22434/IFAMR2016.0086

Files in this item


This item appears in the following Collection(s)

  • Socioeconomics
    Including topics such as farming systems, markets, impact & targeting, innovations, and GIS

Show simple item record